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Unread 05-25-2009   #1 (permalink)
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why do cats like to lick feathers?? My Sampson will sit there and lick the feathers on his toys after he catches them - so I was just curious why he does that.
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Maybe for the sensation, a cat's tongue is quite fantastic as a sensory organ, not only taste but tactile sensation is transmitted to your brain by your tongue, and a cat's tongue is probably 10 times more sensitive than ours at least.

Then again the big cats use their tongues to strip fur and skin off their kills, a domestic takes a while longer to achieve the same objective, that sandpaper tongue really is like sandpaper, with a big cat though it's more like being hit with an orbital sander, handlers are taught early on the avoid that sign of friendliness for their own safety. The instincts are still there in domestics though a lot of the training is lost.
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That rough sandpaper tongue is 10 times more sensitive than ours ??? *confused*

I was thinking like I'm having a facial scrub when they lick my face ... hehehe !
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Well, cats are predators. I know you won't like this term, but that the fact. One of their preferred victims are birds, so they love feathers
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Thanks Maya, the whole things just make sense now !

I got a photo of a cat the predator being licked instead of licking feathers.
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That poor kitten! LOL
My cats both love to sit and lick their feather toys for hours as well. They go nuts over anything with feathers!
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I like to buy them mouse toy with feather tail, they will get very excited and just like a predator, prey on them ... funny thing is after they're torn apart, they still lick the feather tail !
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I couldn't resist hehehe
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That's cute Crystal ! Hohoho !
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Maya is right And what a hilarious picture, Crystal

Feathers make the best cat toy ever Anastasia agrees. I bought a small ball with feathers attached to it the other day. A very cheap and simple toy. It's now her favorite.
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